Back in October 2018, Higham residents were able to learn about the Defibrillator equipment that has been installed at the recreation ground in the village by Higham Parish Council.
Awareness sessions were organised to demonstrate the defibrillator in late 2018 when our first machine was installed on the recreation ground in School Lane. Residents were invited to “have a go” using the training equipment. These sessions were part of the ‘Restart a Heart’ campaign – a designated annual day of action with the aim to teach vital life-saving cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to as many people as possible – visit the website of the Resuscitation Council (UK) for more details:
So far, around 200 people resident in and around Higham have been shown how to use a defibrillator and the Parish Council are hoping to get involved in this campaign again in 2020. More details on the 2018 campaign can be found here:
Update January 2020
Currently (January 2020) our defibrilator is located on the recreation ground and is accessible 24/7. A further two defibrilators have now been purchased with the help of money from Higham Parish Council and fundraising initiatives by local groups. Locations for our two new machines and installation details are still being finalised, but rest assured, they will be up and running shortly.
Keep checking our news section for announcements.
When someone suffers cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chance of survival by at least 7 – 10%.
Although Higham is a village with a large older population, defibrillators help save the lives of people of all ages; 12 -15 young people die from heart related causes each week.
Having equipment in easily accessible locations in local communities helps save lives.
- There are 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year. Chances of survival increase significantly with early access to CPR and defibrillation.